The ONE devotional email #7

“The End Is Better Than the Beginning”  

by Tracey Armstrong

Prov 4:18

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (NKJV)

Whenever I start something new, I struggle with impatience. I instantly want to be good at it; I immediately want to be an expert. Yet, no matter how hard I push and how much I rush, it never seems to help me accomplish what I want any faster.

I finally realized that the tortoise in the children’s story, “The Tortoise and the Hare” knew something that I didn’t. He knew that consistency always wins and finishes strong, energized, and happy. The hare was constantly frustrated. Yes, he looked more powerful and charismatic, but he didn’t win in the end.

If you can be patient while staying on the path, the results will be better in the end. And the end is what really matters, isn’t it? Constant and consistent forward movement is more productive than running fast, then needing a rest, then running fast, then needing a rest again. Life is not a sprint; life is a cross-country race that demands you to make sound and just judgments in order to win. If we will pace ourselves, the sun (God’s favor) will shine brighter and brighter each and every day until we have finished the race as winners!


I am a patient person who produces the fruit of the Spirit; I know that the greatest results in my life will come from a steady, practical pace. The results that I desire only come from a habit of consistent and focused movement. I am consistent, victorious, and favored.


Again, we are going to think about your friend that we want to see saved. Spend some time thanking God that all of your prayers and all of your shepherd-evangelism are working in their life and that it is bringing lasting fruit.